11. Willie Isa

Second row

Border Divide

Player Profile


Position: Second row
Date of birth: 01/01/1989
Heritage number: 1064
Height: 5ft 11
Weight: 90.9kg
Previous club: Widnes Vikings
Representative honours: Samoa
Wigan Debut: vs Catalans Dragons (H), second row, won 12-6 at DW Stadium, 05/02/2016


Super League: 2016 GF, 2018
League Leaders’ Shield: 2020


A former winger who is now a backbone in the forward positions and known for his industrious carries.

  • Born in Auckland and represented the Australian Schoolboys at Under-15s level.
  • Played for New South Wales Under-17s and later went on to make his senior debut for Penrith Panthers aged 19 in 2008.
  • Joined Melbourne Storm for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
  • Moved to Castleford Tigers for one season in 2011 but was restricted to just nine appearances owing to injury.
  • Joined Widnes Vikings for the 2012 campaign and soon became a regular, making 85 appearances in four years.
  • Signed for Wigan ahead of the 2016 season and made 30 appearances, including the Grand Final win over Warrington Wolves.
  • Played in the 2017 Challenge Cup Final against Hull FC at Wembley Stadium.
  • Featured 29 times for Wigan in 2018 but missed out on the 17-man squad for the Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford.
  • Played in all 34 games for Adrian Lam in 2019, including the record Super League encounter against Catalans Dragons at Barcelona’s Camp Nou.
  • A Liverpool FC fan at heart, Isa scored a try at The Kop end at Anfield in the Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Warrington in May 2019.
  • A consistent performer at second row in 2020, Isa made the joint highest appearances in the squad (21) and scored two tries in a season that saw the Warriors lift the League Leaders’ Shield.

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